Sharp Continuing Medical Education Newsletter Winter 2020

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Lifelong Learning - Part II

Sharp HealthCare’s CME activities are already meeting most boards’ MOC requirements for Part II by following the accreditation requirements and developing content that is relevant to the physician learners in the applicable specialty.

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Sharp HealthCare’s accrediting body, has collaborated with the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member boards to simplify and align the MOC process to better meet the needs of physicians and educators. These collaborations increase the number and diversity of accredited CME activities that meet the requirements for MOC and streamline the process for accredited CME providers and physicians. Currently, collaborations are in place with:

Sharp is no longer required to submit MOC II applications for approval to the certifying boards that are collaborating with the ACCME. Instead, Sharp is able to use the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) to register activities for these programs. As part of this registration process Sharp; 1) attests to compliance with certifying board requirements, 2) agrees to collect the required individual learner completion data and submit it via PARS, 3) agrees to abide by certifying board/ACCME requirements for use of the data, 4) agrees to allow ACCME to publish data about the activity on ACCME’s website, and 5) agrees to comply with requests for information about the activity if the activity is selected for an audit by the ACCME.

In 2018 Sharp began to award ABIM credit to Sharp’s annual medical group conferences and Sharp’s national primary care conference in Hawaii. Sharp also began to award ABA credit to Sharp Memorial Hospital’s Anesthesia M&M Committee under the direction of Blake Fowler, MD. Sharp plans to continue offering and expanding these opportunities to its ongoing hospital CME activities and other member board related activities in 2020. For more information, please email us at CME@sharp.com

What’s New in CME

SDSU and Sharp HealthCare Form Joint Providership in New Health Communication Certificate

Sharp HealthCare has renewed its partnership with San Diego State University to develop a new Certificate in Health Communication. Sharp is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This online certificate program is designed to improve interactions between patients and healthcare providers, while helping medical professionals earn up to 24 CME credits which is required for licensure.

"Communication is critically important in healthcare," said Heather Canary, Director of SDSU’s School of Communication. "Many years ago, the Joint Commission determined that poor communication was a leading factor in medical errors."

In collaboration with Sharp and members of SDSU's new Center for Communication, Health & the Public Good, Canary developed an online professional Health Communication certificate to address the poor communication in the medical field. "The trick is giving providers evidence-based, timely training in communication that they can use in practice. This certificate does that."

The Certificate in Health Communication program consists of 3 online courses and students will earn 8 CME credits per completed course. All healthcare communication courses can be completed in as little as 3 months. Upon completion, students will receive a display-quality certificate from SDSU and be prepared to serve effectively as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team. Whether you're a physician, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, or medical assistant, the SDSU Health Communication Certificate will help students provide better health outcomes for their patients through strong provider-patient and provider team communication.

Communication is an essential part of any healthcare facility. According to Canary, "both patients and providers generally have not been trained on how to ask questions to meet their informational goals." Learners of the Health Communication certificate program will learn how to apply best practices for competent communication with patients from a variety of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Medical professionals can earn their CME credits on their own schedule, while also giving them the skills to communicate effectively with their patients. The online certificate program is designed to meet the needs of working health care professionals in the medical field, with curriculum from cutting edge health communication research conducted at SDSU.

The first courses are set to start on April 6, 2020, interested students can learn more here.

Physician Spotlight

SuZanne Chaves, M.D.

SuZanne Chaves, MD - Medical Director, Sharp Community Medical Group

Unlike large organizations, the small independent physician office is flexible and quick to address the altering needs of the population. It is uniquely poised to carry us into any medical future that one can imagine. Unfortunately, there are financial, staffing, and regulatory challenges that can easily get in the way; overwhelming even the savviest of independent physician practices from living up to the moment. The pairing of nimble physician practices with the steadfast support of an Independent Physician Association such as Sharp Community Medical Group (SCMG) paves through some of the challenges, allowing physicians to focus on what they do best - delivering excellent patient care.

After pouring myself into my own endocrinology practice for years, I am overjoyed to have recently joined SCMG in their mission to ever improve their methods of helping independent physicians and their patients thrive. With unmatched integrity, this dedicated group creates and implements strategies to assist physicians with practice finances, care coordination, and performance measures.

The recently launched QCT Fractured Women project is an example of open minds within SCMG adopting a new vision and collaborating to make it a reality. This project is designed to speed up the process of assessing bone density and related metabolic/endocrine function in women over the age of 67 with an acute fracture. It allows a quicker diagnosis and, if necessary, treatment of bone quality problems as well as related metabolic disorders. As one osteoporotic fracture signals a fivefold increased risk for another fracture within the year, fast and accurate care is essential in our efforts to prevent lifelong disability. Physicians and team members from an array of disciplines at SCMG including radiology, endocrinology, pharmacy, and more have joined in the vision. Each playing an indispensable role.

The sharing of expertise to achieve physician success at improving patient care abound at SCMG. I am fortunate to be a part of SCMG. - Fortunate to be a part of optimizing the future for independent physicians.

Online Learning Spotlight

SHC Clinical Documentation Improvement: Clinical Validation of Diagnoses

Provide physicians insight into why clinical validation is an important part of the clinical documentation process and how to ensure clinical validation is provided for all diagnoses in a patient's record

HRO Training for Physicians 2019

This is a 10 module series that introduces key concepts of the high-reliability organization (HRO) initiative under taken by Sharp HealthCare

SHC Sepsis Definitions

Sepsis - Evolving definitions and reporting in clinical care and compliance Sharp’s Institutional Stance

Integrating Food Insecurity into Healthcare Settings – Part 1 of 4: Definition, Policy and Health Outcomes

Review current research on the impact of social determinants - specifically food insecurity/access to healthy food - on health outcomes & chronic health conditions (diabetes, heart health, obesity, etc.) and health care utilization


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Activity Spotlight

Looking Back

SHC Aloha Primary Care Conference 2019

Last year’s Sharp HealthCare’s 2019 Primary Care Conference in Maui focused on various primary care subjects. We had 217 attendees of which 202 were physicians. 35% Sharp affiliated while 65% of attendees were from other entities within and outside of California including six Canadians and an attendee from South Korea.

As always, the conference was very well received and had many highlights. At the end of the conference Dr. Neil W. Treister’s announced his departure as chair of the Aloha Primary Care Conference and introduced Dr. Elan Hekier as the new chair of the committee. Elan Hekier, MD is a practicing pulmonologist and critical care physician at Sharp Rees-Stealy. Aside from being chair of the committee, Dr. Hekier serves as the Chief Medical Informatics and Innovation Officer at Sharp Rees-Stealy, trying to improve the EHR experience.

To watch a video about the SHC Aloha Primary Care Conference click here

SGH Pulmonary and Critical Care Symposium

The inaugural conference was engaging, relevant and impactful. The agenda highlighted a number of San Diego area experts who provided fast-paced and quick hitting presentations on a range of topics from pneumonia, lung cancer, and interventional radiology, to AVATS, pulmonary hypertension, lung transplant and vaping targeted at physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Physicians from Sharp Grossmont Hospital, University of San Diego Health and Scripps Health collaborated to create a memorable symposium with the support of the chairs, Kaveh Bagheri, MD and Ara Klijian, MD.

Looking Forward

SEA May Breakfast Forum – Anna Hackenberg, MD

Anna Hackenberg, MD, a Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group Urgent Care Click here to watch a video!

Save the date - May 13, 2020 from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Anna Hackenberg, MD, a Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group Urgent Care physician will be sharing her story and providing insight on the challenges and triumphs met by people living with a physical disability from her unique perspective as a person living with a spinal cord injury and a physician helping others. For those of you who may not be familiar with Dr. Hackenberg’s story check out the Sharp Documentary and prepare to join us as we learn how to support our peers, patients and community.

2020 Clinical Trials Day Research Showcase

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sharp Spectrum Auditorium, 8695 Spectrum Center Blvd., San Diego, CA 92123

Sharp HealthCare investigators will present their exciting research in a showcase format during Sharp HealthCare’s 2nd annual Clinical Trials Day celebration. The focus of the showcase is to present innovative research conducted at Sharp, increase awareness of Sharp’s Research capabilities and requirements, and improve community outreach to potential research participants. The showcase will include displays from Sharp research sites, Sharp research vendors, partners, CROs, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, local biotech and life sciences representatives and more. To learn more or to register, click here.

SHC Perspectives on Glioblastoma

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Spectrum Auditorium

Dr. Liau is a Professor and the W. Eugene Stern Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Co-Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Center. She is the Principal Investigator and Director of the NCI-designated UCLA Brain Cancer SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence). To register: https://sharp.cloud-cme.com/brain2020

CME in Action

SMB Grand Rounds - Katie Cardosa, PharmD, Dr Lisa Johnston, Dr David Willms
SMH Cardiac Conference - Robert Kumar, MD, activity. Raghava Gollapudi, MD
SGH Pulmonary and Critical Care Symposium - Ara Klijian, MD, Kaveh Bagheri, MD and Shahriyar Tavakoli, MD – Chief of Pulmonology & Director of Intensive Care, Eisenhower Medical Center
Lisa Allen, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Talent Management Sharp Healthcare, Rodney G. Hood, MD, FACP, Robyn Sims-Hood
Sharp HealthCare System C.O.R.E Awards Community Pillar Winners - John Rodriguez, Heather L. Clemons, Loretta M. Thompson, Adriana Rice Olaya, Fernando Cervantes


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